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tolton

Pope endorses former slave for sainthood: Rev. Tolton began ministry in (Quincy, Illinois) then moved to Chicago becoming 1st black priest in U.S.
‘Fr. Tolton’s holiness comes from his patient suffering, his brave spirit and his pastoral heart for all who came to him,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said in a statement announcing the honor.
By Stefano Esposito and Nader Issa

he man who escaped slavery to become the first black Catholic priest in the United States and to found Chicago’s first black Catholic parish has moved a step closer to sainthood.
The Rev. Augustus Tolton, along with seven other candidates, is now considered “venerable” after Pope Francis signed decrees on Tuesday that formally recognized they “lived the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity and the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance at a heroic level,” according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Tolton was born in 1854 and was 7 when he escaped with his Roman Catholic mother from a Missouri slave owner. Tolton’s mother took her children to Illinois, where Tolton graduated from St. Peter School in downstate Quincy.
A German Franciscan priest arranged for Tolton to attend a seminary in Rome after no U.S. seminaries would accept a black man. He was ordained a priest in 1886. Three years later, Tolton began his ministry in Chicago. Tolton established St. Monica Catholic Church in Bronzeville. He died in 1897, at the age of 43.
“We welcome this news from the Holy Father on the advancement of Fr. Tolton’s cause for sainthood,” Cardinal Blase Cupich said in a statement. “His struggles to become a priest and his remarkable service to God’s people are admirable examples, particularly in these times of the value and dignity of every person.”
The Rev. William H. Woestman, a Chicago archdiocesan canon lawyer who served as a promoter of justice for Tolton’s cause before it was advanced in 2010 to Rome, said the next hurdle for Tolton in the canonization process is proving he interceded in the granting of a miracle, usually a medical one.

Footnote

After the Death of Fr. Tolton the Society of the Divine Word was approached and asked to lead African American Catholic ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago.